Pima county vows to improve ballot-counting process - Tucson News Now

Pima county vows to improve ballot-counting process

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TUCSON (Tucson News Now) - After a drawn-out ballot count, Pima County Supervisors are asking elections workers to look for ways to do better.

Supervisors unanimously agreed to ask the Elections Integrity Commission to review alternatives that would speed up the process.  They're also asking to participate in a pilot project that would scan ballot images, allowing electronic systems to process thousands of ballots quickly.

Ballot counting wrapped up on Nov. 19, nearly two weeks after election day.  The outcomes of two close races -- a Congressional seat in District 2 and a bond issue for Tucson street repair -- hung in the balance while elections workers went through hundreds of thousands of early and provisional ballots.

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett is also calling for changes to streamline the elections system for 2014.

Pima County reports voter turnout was 78 percent, about 4 percent higher than the statewide turnout.

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